Declutterathon: 40 Bags in 40 days Update {Master Bath & Office}

My 40 Bags in 40 Days challenge is going okay. I only have about 10 bags at this point so I’m a little behind where I wanted to be, but progress is being made so I’m choosing to be happy about that. At least I’m ahead of last year’s record.

I wanted a little more motivation and a more visual representation of my progress so I made a new printable, of course. The ideal way to achieve those results probably would’ve been to fill up another bag, but I’m a master of procrastination.

I wanted a printable that actually showed all of the bags I’d be filling so I made these.

Free printable for tracking progress for 40 bags in 40 days. There are two styles for those who want to records extra details.

At this point, I almost have more printables for this than I do bags. I guess it’s obvious I enjoy printable making more than decluttering.

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I thought the best way to show some of my actual progress would be to share some pictures. I kind of bounced from space to space, which is probably why I didn’t get much done. My goal for this week: focus!

 Here’s a glimpse of some of my bathroom drawers. They were a mess of cosmetics, bobby pins, hair ties, and brushes, and I was having to constantly shuffle through drawers full of stuff to find what I wanted.

Bathroom Drawer Organization

The finished result is working out much better. I used acrylic organizers that I already had and also added this adorable Self Adhesive Chevron Shelf Liner (affiliate link. Read more here). I hate pretty much every cosmetic aspect of my bathroom decor. I refer to it as Montezuma’s Revenge because it has brown walls and green counters and floor tiles… not my style. I’m hoping that adding a little of my taste to the space will hold me over until we’re able to remodel.

This is what happened while I worked in my office.

Kids organizing

I guess my 2 year old was trying to put his little brother away? I think he actually thought his little brother would enjoy a game of peek-a-boo, but as you can see in the second pic up top, the baby wasn’t as amused. I love his sweet little, “Why, mom?” face. As for big brother, this was after lunch (hence the dirty shirt), and he’d had his face painted the previous day. Fun times around our house, I’ll tell ya!

It became impossible to sort anything with all of the toys on the floor so I eventually put them all in a basket for the kids to take care of. (Yes, these were just the toys in my office!) Of course, the second I turned my back my son dumped them all on the floor again. What a helper.

Toys in Basket

My journey’s slow, but we’re moving in the right direction. I’d say my office is the hardest place for me to organize because I get sucked into working (aka would rather work than declutter). How has 40 Bags in 40 Days been going for you? What’s your hardest place to declutter?

For more posts on decluttering, check out these posts:

Organizing the Master Bath for 40 Bags in 40 Days

{I may be linking up at these great parties.}

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    • Emily says

      Thanks, Leslie. Yes, spring cleaning should be easier this year (fingers crossed). I’m ready to open some windows and get this place sparkling (though I’d happily settle for livable). :)

  1. says

    I was planning to do 40 bags in 40 days… we got about 5 bags out the door which was a success! But I realized we were also working on 1000 other projects.

    You progress looks great congrats!

    • Emily says

      I can relate! I always feel pulled in 1000 different directions. I sometimes daydream of using vacation time just to get the house straightened up. It would be so nice to just focus on one thing for an extended period of time.

  2. says

    Funny you post this today. I have been planning on organizing my cabinets and drawers for awhile now. I am an avid organizer so they look okay, to the “normal” eye, but to mine..what a mess! I just tonight did the cabinet in the kitchen and anxious to seee how it works in the morning! but the bathroom drawers are next…as well as my makeup cabinet! Thanks for the inspiration!

    • Emily says

      That reminds me of me and my husband. He’s an engineer so as long as things are relatively organized and in place, he’s happy. I, on the other hand, am a perfectionist so I like my towels folded a certain way and things to be just-so. (I’m trying to be less picky for my sanity and marriage’s sake lol.)

  3. says

    Isn’t it funny/frustrating that while you get something accomplished, the kids ruin another area of the house? Happens to me all the time! I love the chevron drawer lining you chose–I may have to steal that idea!

    • Emily says

      Thanks, Carrie. Steal away… I stole the idea from Jen at (though she used gray, which was also very cute). They actually have a navy and gray now that I love. I wish they’d had that when I was buying.

  4. says

    I love this! I would love it if you joined and contribute your awesome posts at my link party at City of Creative Dreams on Fridays 😀 Hope to see you there at City of Creative Dreams Link Party

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